Sept. 29, 2000
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State women’s volleyball team got back to its winning ways on Friday night, in front on 317 fans in Tully Gymnasium. The Noles defeated the North Carolina State Wolfpack in four games, to leave with their first ACC win of the season. FSU bettered its overall mark to 12-5 on the season with the 15-7, 9-15, 15-7 and 15-10 win.
“I think it is very important to win as many ACC matches as we possibly can at home this season,” FSU head coach Cecile Reynaud said. “We now have to look towards North Carolina this Sunday.”
FSU came out with a solid performance in its first home ACC match of the season. FSU knocked down nine kills to even NC State’s mark in that category, while hitting .250. The Pack struggled with control in the match, as the 5-10 Wolfpack hit a low .034 for the game. After starting things off well with a 15-7 win in game one, the Lady Seminoles struggled in game two. While the team bettered its kills (10), they dropped to a .065 percentage, allowing the Pack to capitalize on the team’s eight errors.
“NC State missed a lot of serves in game one,” Reynaud said. “In the second game they came back and served tough. We just didn’t seem like we were ready in the second game. We really came back and got focused in game three.”
With the realization of a tied up match facing them, the Tribe responded with a dominating performance in game three. FSU crushed a match-high 26 kills, ending the game with an impressive .429 percentage while NC State rounded out the game with a respectable .308. With the ball now in their court, the Lady Noles made the most of it, notching 14 team-kills for the 15-10 final score in the match-winning game. The Seminoles fought hard through game four after things were tied up a number of times, including a number of crucial side outs at 8-8. With the game on the line, sophomore Alex Sevillano and junior Norisha Campbell made a number of clutch plays. Campbell put a couple of balls down hard over the fence to get the Noles the ball and the lead, before Sevillano made two point-saving digs to put the Seminoles on top to stay. The duo combined for the final point, as a great dig by Sevillano was put to rest by Campbell.
Campbell continues to play well at the net this season, leading the Seminoles again in kills, this time cracking the 20-kill plateau. Campbell ended the night with 20 kills, a team-high .371 percentage and seven blocks. Sevillano and senior Jen Werrick both followed with 12 and 10 kills, respectively. Junior Liz Pound had an outstanding night at the net, wrapping things up with a .500 percentage and seven kills, without collecting a single error.
FSU will be back in action in another crucial conference game as they host the North Carolina Tar Heels in another home ACC match at 1:00 p.m. in Tully Gymnasium. The game will be televised on Sunshine Network.